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System Engineering

Call Number: ME 5194

Offering: Fall and Spring

Description:  In this course, students will learn a variety of applied systems integration and project management topics.  The course focuses on giving students a realistic experience in these topics through integration with real engineering projects and/or participation in “role-playing” case studies.  Assignments will include tasks such as developing and maintaining timelines and developing and maintaining requirement tracking documents for the projects.  To support these tasks, students will learn theory, be taught various tools (such as work breakdown schedules), as well as learn how to use commercial software packages that are used in industry (MS Project Server, Cognition Cockpit, etc.)  In class discussion will also be used to facilitate peer-to-peer learning between groups which will be encountering different challenges based on the particulars of the project they are working on.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply project management techniques to facilitate a engineering project
  2. Apply systems integration techniques to facilitate development of complex products
  3. Use project management and systems integration software effectively
  4. Appreciate the importance of class topics to successful execution of complex projects